Been a busy afternoon but I come home to this and I am mad as a hornet!
Isakson, Chambliss endorse McCain; ‘Disappointment’
reigns at Christian Alliance meeting
Saturday, February 2, 2008, 03:09 PM
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Tension over the Republican race for president bubbled
into the open on Saturday, as Georgia’s two U.S.
senators endorsed John McCain — to the outrage and
disappointment of many of the activists who form the
Talk about the move by Saxby Chambliss, who is up for
re-election this year, and Johnny Isakson filled the
hallways at the annual winter meeting of the Georgia
Christian Alliance, a gathering of religious
conservatives that attracts many Republican activists.
Both senators are to appear at a 5:30 p.m. McCain
rally at the Cobb Galleria.
Isakson attended the GCA meeting this morning.
“The war in Iraq — the war on terror — is to me the
most important issue we face,” Isakson said
afterwards, explaining why he had cast his personal
vote for McCain the day before.
Isakson also mentioned McCain’s opposition to the
growth of the federal budget, and uncontrolled
spending through “earmarks.”
“He was strong on that before it was cool.”
Said Chambliss, in a telephone interview:
“We’re a strong military state and we need a strong
commander in chief,” the senior senator said. “At the
end of the day, we’ve got to rally around the fellow
that can win.”
Former U.S. senator Phil Gramm of Texas, the national
co-chairman of the McCain campaign, appeared before
the religious group to argue that McCain’s emergence
as the Republican party’s nominee on Tuesday was
“I hope we can close ranks,” he said.
D.A. King, an illegal immigration activist and Romney
supporter, walked out on Gramm when the former Texas
senator defended McCain’s record on immigration.
Pat Tippett, a South Georgia activist who supports
Mike Huckabee, had the harshest criticism for Isakson
and Chambliss. She said they “have undermined the
conservative principles of our party by embracing
Said Sadie Fields, chairman of the Georgia Christian
“We honor both our senators and hold them in high
esteem, but this is disappointing.”
Fields predicted that the impact would be felt at the
grassroots level. “It just takes the winds out of
Four Georgia congressmen who support Romney held a
conference call on Saturday, in which they dismissed
the endorsement of McCain by Isakson and Chambliss as
an example of Senate “clubiness.”
“The Senate’s a universe of 100 people. They almost
seem to be removed from their constituents. I don’t
know if they sprinkle them with some sort of dust or
whatever,” said U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland of Coweta
SHAME ON THEM!! Both of them will rue this day! Shame on them for going against their principles and issues they claim to support by endorsing McCain instead of Huckabee. This is an absolute travesty!
YOU HEAR THAT CHAMBLISS – YOU’RE UP FOR REELECTION THIS YEAR….YOU HAVE TURNED YOUR BACK ON YOUR PRINCIPLES, THE FAIRTAX, AND ME. YOU HAVE LOST MY SUPPORT AND MY VOTE! I WILL FIGHT TO DEFEAT YOU AND SEND YOU BACK HOME WHERE YOU BELONG AFTER THIS GARBAGE!!
AND ISAKSON DON’T YOU EVEN DARE TO EVEN THINK OF RUNNING FOR GOVERNOR IN 2010!!